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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Flights, Currency & Car Hire
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  • Any reason why Kalixa Pay is not included?
  • dan5001dan5001 Forumite
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    Hi Guys.

    I've read a few of the threads on this & aside from people arguing with each other, I'm not really any better off for reading them.

    All I would like to know is whether, from my research, I'm correct in thinking that if I'm going to Europe, the best pre-paid card is likely to be the FairFX Euro card but that I should try to use this for normal spending, unless I'm using my Halifax Clarity card, & that if I want to spend in cash, I should take some with me, rather than withdrawing it from an ATM, regardless of whether I do this via the credit card (pretty much a no-no), or via the pre-paid card (a much cheaper option)?

    I hope you can help.
  • dan5001 wrote: »
    Hi Guys.

    I've read a few of the threads on this & aside from people arguing with each other, I'm not really any better off for reading them.

    All I would like to know is whether, from my research, I'm correct in thinking that if I'm going to Europe, the best pre-paid card is likely to be the FairFX Euro card but that I should try to use this for normal spending, unless I'm using my Halifax Clarity card, & that if I want to spend in cash, I should take some with me, rather than withdrawing it from an ATM, regardless of whether I do this via the credit card (pretty much a no-no), or via the pre-paid card (a much cheaper option)?

    I hope you can help.

    Clarity for both ATM withdrawals and spending. Clear balance asap.
    Take a Kalixa Pay Prepaid card as back up. Asking here for a referral may net you a £5 rebate.
    If you live in London, get a Metro Bank debit card on the spot and use instead of the Prepaid card and the Clarity for ATM withdrawals.
  • leedspete_2leedspete_2 Forumite
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    Which is the best prepaid card to use abroad please
  • LeedsPete wrote: »
    Which is the best prepaid card to use abroad please

    Kalixa Pay....
  • BigBossBigBoss Forumite
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    Metro Bank debit card vs Kalixa Prepaid?

    If I open a Metro Bank account tomorrow, can I put money into it online?

    Going on a few trips (Barca, Croatia and Ibiza) in next couple of months, so I don't want any hassle and visits to the bank etc, I just want a quick online transaction.
  • BigBoss wrote: »
    Metro Bank debit card vs Kalixa Prepaid?

    If I open a Metro Bank account tomorrow, can I put money into it online?

    Going on a few trips (Barca, Croatia and Ibiza) in next couple of months, so I don't want any hassle and visits to the bank etc, I just want a quick online transaction.

    Metro Bank debit/credit, without question. Trouble free. You can manage everything online. No reason to visit again once the account is opened.
  • BigBossBigBoss Forumite
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    So I can transfer money from my Co-op bank Cashminder to Metro?
  • BigBoss wrote: »
    So I can transfer money from my Co-op bank Cashminder to Metro?

    Yes...but if you can only qualify for a Cash Minder account, have you ascertained that Metro Bank will give you a Current account?
  • I'm going on a cruise, starting in Germany (euros) and visiting towns in Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia. I guess they are all different currencies. If I put money on a FAIRFX card
    (1) is it easy to use everywhere? and
    (2) can I use it for small amounts like postcards, cup of coffee, etc?
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